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Amherst Field Hockey Academy, LLC

Amherst, MA ♦ The Amherst Field Hockey Academy is a great opportunity to improve your play through skill sessions as well as coached game play. Players will be placed in skill groups based on their age and experience and will be taught stick skills as well as small game tactics and strategies. Players will also be put on teams, and games will be played each day, resulting in a championship on the final day of the academy. Beginners through advanced players are welcome. Facilities are excellent, and coaches are knowledgeable and enthusiastic. This is a great opportunity for individuals and teams to take their game to the next level while having fun!
Dates: Jul 6-8; Age Range of Campers: 11-18yo
Contact: 413-542-8376 ♦ crknerr@amherst.eduamherstfieldhockeyacademy.com

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Amherst Leisure Services & Supplemental Education Sports and Day Camps

Amherst, MA ♦ At the Town of Amherst’s Leisure Services & Supplemental Education (LSSE) Day and Sports Camps, campers will have the opportunity to participate in arts and crafts, games, nature activities, sports programs and swimming lessons.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 17; Age Range of Campers: 5-14yo
Contact: 413-259-3065 ♦ lecuivrea@amherstma.govLSSE.org

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Amherst Montessori School Summer Discovery

Amherst, MA ♦ Amherst Montessori’s Summer Discovery offers playful adventures tailored to children ages 6 months to 12 years. Preschool/kindergarten children will have so much fun jumping through sprinklers, playing outside, and exploring two-week themes that include Gardening, Insects & Wildlife, Building & Creating, and Cooking. Infants/toddlers ages 3 and below will love AMS’s nurturing environment with lots of outdoor play, songs & movement, water play, and sensory exploration, all with emphasis on building independence. The amazing Michelle Risch leads three weeks of Lego building and creativity with thousands of Legos for Elementary children to build wherever their imagination takes them. Varying schedules to meet the needs of working families.
Dates: Jun 11-Aug 3; Age Range of Campers: 6mos-12yo
Contact: 413-253-3101 ♦ sthompson@amherstmontessori.orgamherstmontessori.org

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Camp Shemesh

Amherst, MA ♦ Camp Shemesh, a program of the Jewish Community of Amherst, located at Hampshire College, has offered a unique summer day camp experience for children of all faiths for over 30 years. Through a framework of Jewish values they engage music, creative arts, gardening, sports, swimming, team challenges, Kabbalat Shabbat celebrations and more to nurture exploration of self-expression, earth stewardship, community, and identity. They value diversity and take pride in providing a welcoming, joyful and inclusive atmosphere for both Jewish and non-Jewish families. Mon-Fri 8:45am-3:30pm. Financial aid available.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 3; Age Range of Campers: 6-13yo
Contact: 413-256-0160 ♦ campshemesh@jcamherst.orgjcamherst.org

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Hampshire College Summer Academic Programs

Amherst, MA ♦ Hampshire College Summer Academic Programs is accepting applications for summer 2018. Students who will be high school juniors and seniors in fall 2018 are encouraged to apply and experience Hampshire College, located in Amherst. Get a sense of Hampshire’s innovative approach to learning and what life is like on Hampshire’s campus and in the classroom during the following two-week precollege programs: Blacksmithing, Jewelry Design, and Metal Fabrication; Design for a Better World; Immersion Spanish; Inside the Cell; Making Music for Film, Games, & Other Media; Social Media Literacy; The Craft of Documentary; The Science of Food; and Young Feminist Collaborative. Apply by Friday, April 13, 2018 to receive a 10% tuition discount!
Dates: Jul 16-27; Age Range of Campers: 15-18yo
Contact: 413-559-6843 ♦ summer@hampshire.eduprecollege.hampshire.edu

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Joy Art Space Summer Art Program

Amherst, MA ♦ At Joy Art Space Summer Art Program, students experience the joy of creating art while developing new skills and finding their unique artistic voice! Themes of the week-long sessions include Exploring Art, Painting and Drawing, Fun with Printmaking, and Cartoons and Comics. Summer sessions meet from 9:00am – 12:00pm, Monday – Friday at Joy Art Space, located right in downtown Amherst. Full day option available for sessions 1 – 4 through Amherst LSSE Adventure Playground Day Camp. Classes are capped at 6 students for small group atmosphere and individual attention. Joy Art Space’s teacher and founder, Lily Joy Friedling, has taught privately and in schools for 10 years, and has an M.A. in Art Education from Columbia University.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 24; Age Range of Campers: 6-11yo
Contact: 413-345-2747 ♦ lily.joyartspace@gmail.comwww.joyartspace.com


Kids, Art & Nature

Amherst, MA ♦ Children in Deborah Bazer & Lahri Bond’s week-long, themed Summer Art classes explore the natural world through the visual arts. Drawing from many traditions, they nurture the creative, intellectual and emotional growth of the children in their care. Visual arts, storytelling and environmental education are all integral parts of their summer classes. Summer 2018 session is from 8:30am-3:30pm, Mon-Fri at the Arts Barn on the beautiful Hampshire College campus, and includes classes on making art with nature, faeries & myths, toymaking, superheroes, kites, dinosaurs & spaceships, ceramics and using Minecraft ideas to create real world environments. Much of the day is spent outside, art-making, exploring, and playing noncompetitive games.
Dates: Jul 2-Aug 24; Age Range of Campers: 5-10yo
Contact: 413-367-0186 ♦ kidsartandnature@hotmail.comkidsartandnature.com

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Miss Leticia Music Summer Camp

Amherst, MA ♦ Music Summer Camp for Guitar, Ukulele, and Rock Band! Music instruction for beginners and interm/adv Rock Band for students ages 6-14. Weekly themed camps for 4 weeks total, July 9-Aug 3rd. Themes this year are: July 9-13 (British Invasion); July 16-20 (Radio Hits); July 23-27 (Rock Through the Ages); July 30-Aug 3 (Songwriting). Classes held at 41 Blue Hills Rd in Amherst at Miss Leticia Music School, 8:30-3pm M-F. Campers bring their own lunch, snack provided. Cost: $400 weekly (multi week and sibling discounts available). Classes limited to 8 students per group. Instructors: Rhys Davies, Leticia Davies, Kimaya Diggs, Rusty Daniels. Email for registration.
Dates: Jul 9-Aug 3 Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo
Contact: 413-246-7338leticiadavies@comcast.netwww.missleticia.com

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Multi-Arts

Amherst, MA ♦ Multi-Arts camps offer children, ages 4 to 12, a unique opportunity to explore the arts by working closely with creative professional artists every day. Small groups (1:4 adult to child ratio) and individual attention create fun, inspiration, motivation, and empowerment for children. Children explore: Art & Prop Making • Drama & Black Light Theater. Music. Dance, Creative Writing & more. At Multi-Arts, children learn speaking with their heart to the hearts of others. Register for one day, one week, or the entire summer! Space is limited. Registration closes June 10, 2018. Multi-Arts summer camps create happy children. Register today.
Dates: Jun 18- Aug 10 Age Range of Campers: 4-12yo
Contact: 413-584-7951info@multi-arts.orgwww.multi-arts.org

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Sing This Summer

Amherst, MA ♦ Sing This Summer offers exceptional music-making opportunities for young musicians. The programs aim to provide a fun musical, social, and recreational experience while expanding musical skills. Singers participate in classes that highlight a variety of styles and genres such as vocal technique, choir, musical theater, and collegiate style a cappella. Classes are interspersed with recreational activities such as swimming, dance, and more. Students can choose to stay overnight in a campus dormitory or commute daily. As part of Sing This Summer, students will experience a truly magical musical week and gain increased musical skills and confidence.
Dates: Jun 24-29 Age Range of Campers: 7-18yo
Contact: 413-345-8613 ♦ singthissummer@gmail.comwww.singthissummer.com

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Summerfun

Amherst, MA ♦ During the summer, The Common School transforms into a vibrant day camp for kids. Open to the greater Pioneer Valley community, the program has served local kids and their families for more than 40 years. And they’re still going strong. At Summerfun, kids dig in and get their hands dirty, happily exploring the natural world. From frog ponds to wooded trails to Bramble Hill Farm, children bask in the natural wonders of their campus, set on acres of Larch Hill conservation land. Indoors, children do related art projects, music, and drama, leaving plenty of time for outdoor play, block building, and splashing in The Common School’s wading pools and slip & slide. Older campers can explore their creativity in a writing or arts workshop.
Dates: Jun 25-Jul 27 Age Range of Campers: 3-12yo
Contact: 413-256-8989 ♦ beth@commonschool.orgcommonschool.org

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Sugarhill Art Center

Chesterfield, MA ♦ Sugarhill Art provides a summer studio space in the shady woods of the Berkshire Hills of Chesterfield, MA, where kids ages 6-12 can dive deep into interesting subjects, get messy, have fun and explore art. This summer Sugarhill Art will be offering Farm, Forest, and Flowers for ages 5-8 from July 16-20. In this shorter day (9:30-1:30) for the younger artist, we will weave, explore clay & paint, tie dye, sculpt and build, all the while telling and sharing stories, our own and those of others in the landscapes of the Sugarhill forest, garden, and barnyard. There is always lots time to run around, draw in the road, scooter, skateboard, and cool off at Sugarhill Art.
Dates: Jul 9-Aug 2; Age Range of Campers: 6-12yo
Contact: 413-478-7581 ♦ sugarhillart.center@gmail.comsugarhillart.center

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Arcadia Nature Day Camp

Easthampton, MA ♦ Imagine a place where children can develop their interests in the outdoors, connect with nature, and have the freedom to play and gain confidence in the natural world. Arcadia Nature Day Camp takes place on 723 acres of protected land. Forests, fields, streams, and vernal pools provide a perfect setting to explore a variety of ecological communities. The carefully selected and trained staff combine expertise in the natural world and child development. Children spend time discovering nature, meeting new friends, playing non-competitive games, and having fun! One- and two-week sessions for ages 4-12. Nature Photography Camp for ages 10-16, Bird Camp for ages 12-16 and NEW Nature Art Camp ages 10-14.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 31; Age Range of Campers: 4-16yo
Contact: 413-584-3009 ♦ arcadiacamp@massaudubon.orgwww.massaudubon.org

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Pioneer Valley Ballet Summer Program

Easthampton, MA ♦ Pioneer Valley Ballet offers its Summer Ballet Program again this year! Classes are held Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from July 10 through August 18, and are open to ages 4 and up. Ballet offers children the chance to express themselves physically and artistically, while experiencing the joys of music and movement. The Summer Program is the perfect chance for children new to ballet to discover this classical dance form while developing coordination, strength, and flexibility. PVB is a non-profit, mission-based organization, with programming that includes year-round training opportunities for both casual and dedicated young dancers, and extensive dance outreach to the community. Summer Ballet Program registration opens April 15.
Dates: Jul 10-Aug 18; Age Range of Campers: 4yo+
Contact: 413-527-6363 ♦ pvb@pioneervalleyballet.orgwww.pioneervalleyballet.org

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SHOW Circus Studio Summer Circus Camps

Easthampton, MA ♦ Vacation break camps at SHOW area a great place for kids to express themselves creatively and to be a part of a community steeped in circus culture and traditions. Campers have the opportunity to try a variety of circus skills, including aerial and groundwork, and then choose their favorite activities to focus on for the final performance. Each week has a different theme for the final circus show, and campers are challenged to incorporate the theme into their circus act, making each session’s final show unique! Two weeks of half-day camps in June for ages 5-6, four weeks of full-day camp for ages 7-12, and two weeks of camp for advanced students available for Summer 2018.
Dates: Jun 18-Aug 17; Age Range of Campers: 5-12yo
Contact: 413-527-6901 ♦ info@showcircusstudio.comwww.showcircusstudio.com

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Ascendance Inner World Arts Summer Dance Intensive

Florence, MA ♦ Come as you are and leave transformed! Join Ascendance Inner World Arts for the annual Summer Dance Intensives at their studios in Florence. Now offering two 2-week sessions including classes in ballet, contemporary, jazz/modern, hip hip, rhythm/percussion, tap, yoga, composition, spoken word poetry, and repertory. Emerging young dance artists get to immerse themselves in daily exploration, creativity, and study of arts disciplines that support the expression of the voice and self in a safe, nurturing, and non-competitive environment. An informal performance closes each session. Daily lunch is offered. Registration is easy – contact them online!
Dates: Jul 9-Aug 11; Age/Grade Range: 10-18yo
Contact: 413-341-3780 ♦ info@ascendancearts.comascendancearts.com

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CyclePottery Wheelthrowing Summer Camps

Florence, MA ♦ CyclePottery is hosting it’s 5th summer of camps! Kids ages 6+ and 9+ learn how to make beautiful pottery on the potter’s wheel and by hand building. Campers also learn how to trim, decorate, and glaze their pots. The new studio is close to downtown Florence where we walk for a relaxed lunch and a treat! Students also benefit from working alongside professional studio potters so they too can be inspired to become potters! 6 sessions, 3-5 days.
Dates: Jun-Aug; Age/Grade Range: 6yo+
Contact: 413-219-9594 ♦ CyclePottery01062@gmail.comwww.cyclepottery.com

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Rockin’ the Summer 2018

Goshen, MA ♦ IMA’s residential music programs give girls access to top-notch facilities & instruments, to veteran professional musicians & teachers, and musical exploration & collaboration. Explore Rock ‘n Roll (June 27–Jul 1; Aug 15-19) offers girls 9-12 opportunity to explore instruments, to begin writing songs, and to participate in a concert. Rock ‘n Roll Performance (Jul 6-15; Jul 20-29) offers girls 13-19 an opportunity to speak their truth through the medium of rock ‘n roll, gain confidence in performance abilities, improve musicianship, and develop collaborative leadership skills. Studio Recording & Production (Aug 2-12) offers hands-on studio recording seminar for women 16-21 who are ready to record their work and/or interested in engineering.
Dates: Jun 27-Aug 12; Age Range of Campers: Girls 9-22yo
Contact: 413-268-3074 ♦ info@ima.orgwww.ima.org

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Central Rock Hadley Vacation Program

Hadley, MA ♦ Central Rock Gym offers weekly program sessions throughout the summer for ages 6 to 13. The program focuses on climbing for all skill levels and includes an emphasis on problem-solving and team building initiatives. Kids will have the opportunity to try different types of climbing, techniques, and will learn how to belay. They will also have the chance to engage in exciting games and group activities, such as the “Flying Squirrel” and “Nitro Crossing.” A fun week of climbing concludes with a pizza party on the final day. Camp goes from 9am-2pm, Monday through Friday, and extended day options are available. Register by May 15th and get a discount on the fee!
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 24; Age Range of Campers: 6-13yo
Contact: 413-584-7625 ♦ hadley@centralrockgym.comwww.centralrockgym.com/hadley

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Children’s Ballet & Movement – Theater & Dance Camp

Hadley, MA ♦ Whether your child is brand new to dance or a seasoned dancer, The Children’s Ballet & Movement Co. summer program is sure to please! With a variety of dance styles and theater activities, students will learn the fundamentals of movement and creativity in a well balanced, nurturing environment. To expand on a child’s friendship circle and socializing, they keep their weekly groups small – only 8 students per week. Monday – Friday, 9am – 4pm. Their program also includes Disney themed weeks, picnic lunches and free weekly Friday performances for family and friends.
Dates: Jul 9-Aug 17; Age Range of Campers: 4yo+
Contact: 413-478-1944 ♦ cassieferr@gmail.comwww.childrensballetmovement.com

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Hartsbrook Farm Camp

Hadley, MA ♦ Connect with nature through the life of a working farm: The Hartsbrook School’s Farm Camp lets children slow down and savor the summer! Campers spend time tending the animals, doing agriculturally-based crafts and enjoying carefree days with other “young farmers.” Experienced, thoughtful counselors allow campers to enjoy the freedom and wonder of summer. The practical skills learned on the farm help children to be more confident and grounded in their everyday lives.
Dates: Jun 18-Jul 27; Age Range of Campers: 4-12yo
Contact: 413-586-1908 x116 ♦ farmcamp@hartsbrook.orgwww.hartsbrook.org

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Artplay at Hawley

Northampton, MA ♦ The Northampton Center for the Arts introduces a new and exciting summer program for youth ages 6 to 12 years. Artplay encourages kids to think of themselves as fundamentally creative beings with a fun, interactive, interdisciplinary approach. The program connects youth to local teaching artists through classes and workshops, as well as providing space and structure for youth-initiated performances and exhibitions. Kids will have the chance to experiment with dance, music, drama, visual arts, collaborative play, and more! Participants have access to indoor, air-conditioned spaces as well as outdoor play areas. 33 Hawley offers abundant free parking for easy drop-off and pick-up, and is conveniently located for local, walkable field trips.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 3; Age Range of Campers: 6-12yo
Contact: 413-923-2923 ♦ ncfa@nohoarts.orgwww.nohoarts.org

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Learn to Row Program

Northampton, MA ♦ Learn the sport of rowing this summer with Northampton Community Rowing! Northampton Community Rowing offers a full range of summer rowing programs for kids and adults at their newly constructed facility on the Connecticut River in Northampton. The experienced and trained staff provide instruction for several youth rowing programs including multiple one week learn to row and learn to scull programs. Youth learn to row programs are open to anyone 14-18 years old. No experience is necessary. Not sure if this is for you? Try one of their Learn to Row Days. A full schedule of adult summer learn to row programs are also available. Youth Learn To Row Program Dates: June 25-30, July 9-14, July 16-21. Learn to Scull Program Date: July 23-28.
Dates: Jun 25-July 28; Age Range of Campers: 14-18yo
Contact: 413-923-2923 ♦ info@hampcrew.comwww.northamptoncommunityrowing.org

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Montessori School of Northampton Summer Programs 2018

Northampton, MA ♦ For over 40 years MSN has offered exciting and engaging summer programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. Located near downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91, they offer 8 weeks of programming starting at 18 months old up to 8th grade. The Toddler program will have half and full day options available, with a strong teacher/student ratio. Their Children’s House (pre/K) theme based programs also have half and full day options. For elementary and middle school students they offer Film & Videography, LEGO Robotics, Advanced Painting Technique, Daytrippers, LEGO STEM Challenge, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Outdoor Wilderness Adventures, Mad Science programs, and Digital Animation presented by Holyoke Codes.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 17; Age Range of Campers: 18mo-14yo
Contact: 413-563-4645 ♦ summer@northamptonmontessori.orgwww.northamptonmontessori.org

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Northampton Parks & Recreation Summer Camp

Northampton, MA ♦ Jump into summer fun! Northampton Parks & Recreation offers a variety of day camps, sport skills & specialty programs for ages 4 to 14. Safety Village is a must for ages 4-6 to learn valuable safety skills and awareness in a fun setting with visits from fire & police, ambulance, bike and swim safety, plus more. KidZone (gr. 1st-4th) & Camp Hamp (gr. 5th & 6th) are held at Look Park, and include games, weekly field trips, swimming every day, art projects, Pines Theater shows, and awesome theme weeks like Summer Camp Champions, Wacky & Wonderful, Adventure Outdoors, and Camp H2O! Teen Expeditions (gr. 7-10) enjoys daily trips that include hiking, biking and exciting destination trips! Northampton Parks & Rec is affordable fun that offers something for everyone!
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 10; Age Range of Campers: 4-14yo
Contact: 413-563-4645 ♦ recreation@northamptonma.govwww.northamptonma.gov/902/Summer-Day-Camps

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Our Place Summer School

Northampton, MA ♦ Our Place Summer School gets kids off the screen and into the green. For 5 days campers hike, climb, wade, and swim “our place”: the 5 ecoregions of the Nonotuck biome. These activities aren’t just “fun”—they’re designed to increase camper’s perceptual abilities, stimulate their critical thinking skills, inspire their creative imaginations, and counteract “nature deficit disorder.” Through active physical and mental engagement with “our place,” they gain a deep and lasting appreciation of it—and themselves. Students go from site to site—mountains, forests, brooks, industrial brownfields, you name it—enjoying an adventurous, collaborative, inquiry-based investigation into the mysteries of the bios (life) that is where we live: our place!
Dates: Jun 18-Aug 31; Age Range of Campers: 5-14yo
Contact: 413-320-0522 ♦ info@biocitizen.orgbiocitizen.org

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Yoga Monkey Kids

Northampton, MA ♦ This unique and spirited camp weaves yoga and creative movement, mythic storytelling, crafts and games into one fun and enchanting week! Yoga Monkey Kids fosters caring and cooperation, individual expression and lots and lots of fun! By the end of the week, we have been upside down, twisty and bendy and strong in all kinds of amazing yoga shapes and there is a casual show for the parents and caregivers. Come play, learn, craft and create, and grow from the inside out!
Dates: Jun 18-22; Age Range of Campers: 5-10yo
Contact: 413-585-9642 ♦ info@yoga-sanctuary.comyoga-sanctuary.com

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Spirit of the Heart’s Martial Arts & Crafts & Outdoor Play

Northampton, MA ♦ Are you interested in giving your child the skills to stand up for themselves and others and to keep themselves safe? Do you want to introduce them to martial arts in a fun and loving environment? Spirit of the Heart inspires confidence in every child through martial arts, self-defense, meditation, communication skills, boundary setting and appreciation of each child’s uniqueness. In their camp, they blend martial arts with art projects and a healthy dose of outdoor play. They pride themselves on individual attention and a low counselor/camper ratio. Your child will have fun and leave their camp feeling great about themselves!
Dates: Jun 25-Sep 1; Age Range of Campers: 5-12yo
Contact: 413-585-1661 ♦ nohokungfu@gmail.comspiritoftheheart.org

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Valley Performance Playground

Northampton, MA ♦ Valley Performance Playground is offering two exciting camps this summer! Imagination Express (ages 5-7, June 25-29, 9-3, $250) is a great introduction for young creative artists interested in exploring acting, music, movement, and storytelling. Musical Theater Adventure (ages 8-12, July 9-29, 9-3, $500) gives campers the opportunity to explore acting, music, movement, creative writing, costume, and set design as they perform in their own original musical. All campers will have the opportunity to be involved in the aspects of performance that most interest them, and no previous experience is required for either camp. Location: Lander Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect Street. (Air-conditioned rooms, playground, and playing fields available.)
Dates: Jun 25-Jul 20; Age Range of Campers: 5-12yo
Contact: 347-432-6061 ♦ sarah@valleyperformanceplayground.comwww.valleyperformanceplayground.com

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Western MA FC Summer Academy

Northampton, MA ♦ Summer is just around the corner! Western Mass Summer Soccer Academy is for girls and boys ages 6-14. Held at Look Park. Special trainings with New England Revolution Academy Coaches to improve skills, promote team play and have fun! Plyometrics training to improve speed, agility and quickness.
Dates: Jul 2-Jul 19; Age Range of Campers: 6-14yo
Contact: 413-250-7460 ♦ escagel@comcast.netwww.westernmassathletics.com

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Morse Hill Outdoor Center, Rattlesnake Adventure Camps

Shutesbury, MA ♦ Morse Hill Outdoor Center, Rattlesnake Adventure Camps offers challenge and fun to children using outdoor activities with the philosophy that emotional and physical safety always comes first. They promote growth on their extensive ropes courses along with other activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, raft building, map & compass, scavenger hunts, mountain biking, caving, camping, and more at nearby off-site locations. Campers will gain more self-awareness, self-confidence, trust, communication, problem solving and team skills. They offer transport from Amherst and Northampton to their 85-acre site in Shutesbury, near Amherst. Their day, overnight, expedition and training camps serve campers going into grade 3-12.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 24; Age Range of Campers: 8-18yo
Contact: 413-253-1807 ♦ summer@morsehill.comwww.morsehill.com

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Summer Art in Marion’s Barn

North Hatfield, MA ♦ Summer Art in Marion’s Barn is now in its 29th year. They offer a full day of art activities for grades two through eight. A large barn and outbuildings house studios for painting, drawing, pottery, sculpture, and crafts and there is lots of green outdoor space for games at recess time. Each one or two week session focuses on a particular cultural or historical period of the visual arts. Summer Art’s founder and director, Marion Abrams, has a BFA in Art Education, over forty five years of art teaching experience, and has been a consultant for many art programs including the Smith College Museum of Art and FamilyFun Magazine. The staff includes Hilary Emerson Lay and other certified art teachers and high school helpers who are former students. Visit their website for more information.
Dates: Jun 18-Aug 31; Age Range of Campers: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-247-9807 ♦ marionabrams@comcast.netsummerartbarn.com

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Rolling Acres Outdoor & Science Summer Camp

Southampton, MA ♦ Located on 200 acres of beautiful Southampton farmland, Rolling Acres Outdoor & Science Summer Camp is the perfect place to have fun, make friends, investigate nature, play with science, and enjoy the great outdoors. Rolling Acres Outdoor & Science Summer Camp is committed to encouraging children’s natural curiosity about the world around them. Each session, children will engage in hands-on gardening activities, science experiments, and adventure walks, making real connections between the food they eat, how it is grown, and gaining an appreciation for nature. Their goal is to create an atmosphere in which children are inspired to explore the great outdoors in memorable and meaningful ways.
Dates: Jul 9-27; Age Range of Campers: 5-10yo
Contact: 413-297-7488 ♦ summercamp@charter.netwww.rollingacres.us

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Camp Lewis Perkins

South Hadley, MA ♦ Nestled in the woods, Camp Lewis Perkins puts the focus on leadership development through fun, traditional camp activities. Prior Girl Scout experience is not required. Girl Scouts’ dedication to progression in outdoor programming means that girls practice age-appropriate skills and gain the experience needed to feel confident taking the next step in their outdoor journey. Girls explore nature, learn how to build a fire and cook over it, create works of art, swim in the pool, practice archery, try their hand at a new sport, and more. Busing available from many Pioneer Valley locations. Camp Lewis Perkins is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) for its commitment to health, safety, and program quality.
Dates: Jul 1-Aug 10; Age Range of Campers: 6-18yo
Contact: 413-584-2602 ♦ camp@gscwm.orgwww.gscwm.org

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Sled Dog Camp!

West Chesterfield, MA ♦ Learn to take care of & exercise a world class athlete – the Alaskan Husky Sled Dog! Choose a dog for the week! Learn to feed, pet, play, clean-up after & train a sled dog. Ride a racing rig, scooter, bike, jog & swim – some of the warm weather activities dogs & Day Campers love to do together. Overnight Camp includes wilderness skills, primitive cooking at the bonfire, storytelling, marshmallows & howling! All have fun bonding, playing & mushing with the team! “My son just finished his first Puppy Camp, it was everything & more! He not only bonded with the dogs – he seemed to grow in self-confidence each day” (Cummington, MA). “My daughter loved the Sled Dog Camp. Marla’s personal approach & expertise with her animals is unmatched” (Hadley, MA).
Dates: Jul 4-Aug 24; Age Range of Campers: 7-16yo
Contact: 413-296-0187 ♦ hilltownsleddogs@gmail.comwww.hilltownsleddogs.com

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Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop

Charlemont, MA ♦ The 2018 Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop presents their 8th outdoor, traveling spectacle Avatar: The Last Airbender. Aspiring actors, artists, musicians, singers and set-designers will enjoy 3 weeks of movement, voice training, intensive actor training and work on large apparatus (aerial trapeze, circus silks, stilts, spools) with guest artists from Knighthorse Theatre, Double Edge Theatre and other luminaries of the Valley’s performing arts community. Located at the Hawlemont School in the foothills of the Berkshires, July 16 – Aug 8, Mon-Fri (9am to 4pm) with select evening and WE rehearsals. Performances at Berkshire East Mtn Resort: Aug 4-7. No prior acting experience required, generous financial assistance and scholarships available.
Dates: Jul 16-Aug 8; Age Range of Campers: 10-18yo
Contact: 413-387-8783 ♦ hilltownyouth@gmail.comhilltownyouth.org

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Recovery Theatre

Charlemont, MAThe Recovery Theatre is a strength based, holistic model creating change for area youth through theatre and the arts. The Summer Recovery Intensive offers young people overcoming anxiety, addiction, trauma, depression and other behavioral health challenges 1-2 weeks of movement, music, voice training and work with large apparatus (aerial trapeze, circus silks, stilts, spools). Located at the Hawlemont School in the foothills of the Berkshires, July 2 – July 13 (M-F; 9:30-1pm). Register for one or both sessions. Participants can opt to stay thru for the Hilltown Youth Theatre Summer Workshop’s outdoor, traveling spectacle, Avatar: The Last Airbender (see listing). No prior acting experience required, generous FA and scholarships available. 
Dates: Jul 2-Jul 13; Age Range of Campers: 12-19yo
Contact: 413-387-8783 ♦ hilltownyouth@gmail.comhilltownyouth.org

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Journey Camp

Conway, MA ♦ Journey Camp returns to Conway and Deerfield this summer! The supportive staff makes it easy to find new friends while exploring nature, theater, games, music, and crafts. Inclusiveness and peace-building are hallmarks of this camp. Founder and Director, Sarah Pirtle, has numerous awards for her books and music for children. Farm Week for All ages 6-12 at Open View Farm, Conway, June 25-29; Starseed for All ages 6-12 at Woolman Hill, Deerfield, July 2-6; Moonseed Leadership Camp ages 12-18 at Woolman Hill, July 16-19; Girls Weeks ages 6-12 at Woolman Hill, July 30-August 3 and August 6-10.
Dates: Jul 16-Aug 10; Age Range of Campers: 6-17yo
Contact: 774-280-2490 ♦ melissadelo.journey@gmail.comsarahpirtle.com/journey-camp.htm

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The Bement School Summer Programs

Deerfield, MA ♦ The Bement School offers summer programs for children from 4 to 15 years old. Children have the opportunity to enjoy the fun of a traditional day camp and help create their own schedule by choosing from our wide range of unique activities. Digging into Nature at Pine Hill provides outdoor education for ages 7-10. The Junior Camp provides a safe, nurturing camp experience for our youngest campers. The Adventure Day Camp offers activity choices that include cooking, movie-making, sportds, nature, arts and crafts, and swimming. The Counselor-in-Training program gives young teenagers experience working with children and developing valuable job skills while still enjoying the fun of summer camp. Summer programs run from June 25 to August 10.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 10; Age Range of Campers: 4-15yo
Contact: 413-774-7061 ♦ summer@bement.orgwww.bement.org/summer

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The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy

Deerfield, MA ♦ Maximize your creativity and character! The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy is a program for 6th and 7th graders interested in academic adventure. With classes such as Sustainability, Ethics, Urban Planning, and French Culture & Film, the Experimentory is interdisciplinary, project-based, and fun. All classes are taught by Deerfield Academy teachers on the DA campus: It’s a great way to sample the “Deerfield Experience.” Students make close friends from across the country and around the world. Choose between 2 or 4-week sessions. Attend as a boarder or a day student. Rolling admissions until May 1; apply for need-based financial aid by March 15. Dates: 4 Week Session starts: 7/8/18; 2 Week Sessions begin: 7/8/18 and 7/23/18.
Dates: Jul 8 – Aug 4; Age Range of Campers: 11-13yo
Contact: 413-774-1436 ♦ experimentory@deerfield.edudeerfield.edu/experimentory

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Journey Camp

Deerfield, MA ♦ Journey Camp returns to Conway and Deerfield this summer! The supportive staff makes it easy to find new friends while exploring nature, theater, games, music, and crafts. Inclusiveness and peace-building are hallmarks of this camp. Founder and Director, Sarah Pirtle, has numerous awards for her books and music for children. Farm Week for All ages 6-12 at Open View Farm, Conway, June 25-29; Starseed for All ages 6-12 at Woolman Hill, Deerfield, July 2-6; Moonseed Leadership Camp ages 12-18 at Woolman Hill, July 16-19; Girls Weeks ages 6-12 at Woolman Hill, July 30-August 3 and August 6-10.
Dates: Jul 16-Aug 10; Age Range of Campers: 6-17yo
Contact: 774-280-2490 ♦ melissadelo.journey@gmail.comsarahpirtle.com/journey-camp.htm

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Giving Tree

Gill, MA ♦ Giving Tree is now enrolling for week-long sessions in their large and adventurous certified Outdoor Classroom. Plenty of open-ended play, fresh air, and sunshine – led by the Giving Tree School’s experienced Lead Teachers. Children are empowered in problem-solving and making choices. Giving Tree is EEC-licensed and accredited by NAEYC and the HighScope Foundation. Registration is week-by-week. $237 for 5 full days; $145 for 5 half days. Session themes: Exploring the Rainbow – 7/9-7/13; The Ways of Water – 7/16-7/20; Tents & Trails 7/23-7/27; On the Farm – 7/30-8/3; The Need to Knead – 8/6-8/10.
Dates: Jul 9-Aug 10; Age Range of Campers: 2.9-5yo
Contact: 413-863-9218 ♦ admin@givingtreeschool.orggivingtreeschool.org/summer

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School

Greenfield, MA ♦ Stoneleigh-Burnham School is pleased to offer a unique variety of summer programs for girls ages 9-18. Summer camps for young riders, debaters, dancers, and artists blend excellent instruction with a uniquely supportive community full of fun and self-discovery. Based on a beautiful, 100-acre campus, Stoneleigh-Burnham camps make use of the school’s outstanding facilities and adhere to the same high standards set during the academic year. Campers live in school dormitories, enjoying campus life with new friends and caring faculty mentors. All Stoneleigh-Burnham summer camps, from riding and dance, to debate and art and animation, emphasize the development of confidence, the acquisition of skills, and the discovery of new talents.
Dates: Jun 24-Aug 4; Age Range of Campers: 9-18yo
Contact: 413-774-2711 x256 ♦ summerprograms@sbschool.orgsbschool.org

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Khalsa Camp

Leverett, MA ♦ Looking for an amazing camp experience for your child? Khalsa Camp offers weekly horseback riding, swimming, instructional swimming lessons, yoga and meditation, and challenging hikes. Our three 2-week sessions are: Cooperative Trust Building: campers work together to complete fun and challenging non-competitive games and initiatives. The two weeks culminate with a day of ropes course fun! Nature Challenge: campers head out on all day adventures to hidden waterfalls, amazing lakes, and great hikes, culminating with a two night camp out! Expressive Arts offers classes in West African Dance and drumming, creative movement, singing and acting. This session concludes with an amazing camper produced show put on for parents and friends.
Dates: Jul 2-Aug 10; Age Range of Campers: 5-13yo
Contact: 413-548-8855 ♦ khalsacamp@gmail.comkhalsacamp.net

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Kicks and Corrals

Leverett, MA ♦ Kicks and Corrals is a small camp with a unique combination of activities. Horseback Riding and Martial Arts take place at Craig Memorial Equestrian Center in Leverett. Have your own horse for the week! Create a partnership with your horse and learn responsibility for a living creature. Learn proper riding technique, enjoy games on horseback, and trail ride in beautiful Mt. Toby forest. Martial Arts training increases confidence, strength, and focus. Break a board, win a medal, and learn self defense. Use a Bo staff and practice the awesome kicks of Tae Kwon Do in a safe, supportive environment. Cool off at the end of each day with swimming at Mill River Recreation Area in Amherst.
Dates: Jul 2-27; Age Range of Campers: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-256-0300 ♦ info@amherstmartialarts.comwww.amherstmartialarts.com

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Rowe Center Summer Camps

Rowe, MA ♦ Rowe Center Youth Summer Camps have been touching the hearts and minds of young people since 1924. Nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshires, Rowe Summer Camps offer activities that balance individual freedom & responsibility to the community in a fun, relaxed, creative, energetic environment. The camps are overnight, co-ed, and for ages 8-19: Jr. High Camp (13-15yo) is from Jun 24-Jul 14. Young People’s Camp 1 (ages 8-10yo) is from Jul 15-21; Young People’s Camp 2 (9-11yo) is from Jul 22-28; Young People’s Camp 3 (11-13yo) 1-week session is from Jul 15-21; Young People’s Camp 3 (11-13yo) 2-week session is from Jul 15-28. Sr. High Camp (16-19yo) is from Jul 29-Aug 18. Camp costs are on a sliding fee scale. Scholarships available.
Dates: Jun 24-Aug 18; Age Range of Campers: 8-19yo
Contact: 413-339-4954 ♦ cara@rowecenter.orgrowecenter.org

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Massachusetts Academy of Ballet Summer Camp

Dancers of all ages can enroll in our summer sessions. The Pre-Ballet Workshop (July 16-20) is geared for ages 5-8 and teaches primary ballet with improvisation, acting games and storytelling. Intensives for older and more experienced dancers include pointe, pas de deux, repertory, modern, jazz, and yoga. Adult open classes also available. Located in Open Square, MAB studios feature state-of-the-art sprung floors, a dressing room and reception area. All MAB classes emphasize classical ballet technique, musicality, artistry and creativity.
Dates: Jul 16-Aug 17; Age Range of Campers: 5yo+
Contact: 413-536-6200 ♦ massacademyofballet.com
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Go Girls & Chillin’ Out – Bay Path University

Longmeadow, MA ♦ Summer camps return to Bay Path University! Enjoy fun and enriching activities during the summer on the beautiful campus of Bay Path University. Campers will enjoy engaging programs, performances, creative arts, theater and more. Summer camp activities are run by occupational therapy students designed to nurture the body, mind and soul all while having fun in the sun! Each camper will leave with a sense of accomplishment, confidence and new friends. Go Girls summer camp is open to girls entering grade 1-5 and Chillin’ Out is open to girls and boys entering grades 6-11. Sign up today!
Dates: Jun 25-Jul 27; Age Range of Campers: 6-16yo
Contact: 413-565-1246 ♦ mmirti@baypath.edubaypath.edu

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Museum School Youth Summer Programs

Springfield, MA ♦ Led by dedicated instructors, programs are limited to 12 or fewer participants and will take place in the museums’ educational studios, classrooms, planetarium, galleries, and special exhibits. Visits to the Art, Science, History, and The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum will enhance the experience. Morning students bring a snack and a brown bag lunch. Afternoon students bring a snack. Dress for mess!
Dates: Jul 16-Aug 3; Age Range of Campers: 6-15yo
Contact: 413-314-6477 ♦ nmues@springfieldmuseums.org
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College for Kids

Westfield, MA ♦ College for Kids provides innovative and creative educational programs for kids ages 5-16, promoting and maintaining an enjoyable learning environment. Each week will feature different classes, giving the option for parents to enroll their child in a morning session, afternoon session, or both. College for Kids offers a range of subjects including science, digital media, magic, culinary, and the arts. In addition to returning favorites such as Digital Nature Photography, European Desserts, Super Science Adventures, and The Art of Magic, they are excited to offer brand new classes in 2018 including Broadway Bound, Programming Fun with Python, American Raku Pottery, and more!
Dates: Jul 9-Aug 3; Age Range of Campers: 5-16yo
Contact: 413-572-8557 ♦ collegeforkids@westfield.ma.eduwww.westfield.ma.edu/cfk

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Kamp for Kids

Westfield, MA ♦ Kamp for Kids brings together children with and without disabilities in a unique integrated model that promotes understanding and growth. Kamp activities include a music program, group skits/performances, integrated water activities, expressive arts, outdoor education, and non-competitive sports. As a fully inclusive summer camp, it is our mission to serve a population comprised of both children with disabilities and their typically-developing peers. Not only does this philosophy promote understanding and growth, but it also allows families to keep their children together within one day camp.
Dates: Jul 9-Aug 17; Age Range of Campers: 3-22yo
Contact: 413-568-8484 ♦ anne.benoit@bhninc.orgwww.bhninc.org

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Camp Bonnie Brae

East Otis, MA ♦ A week (at least!) in the Berkshires this summer at overnight Camp Bonnie Brae! No prior Girl Scout experience required. One week of day camp available with busing from Lanesborough and Lee. Girl Scouts’ dedication to progression in outdoor programming means that girls practice age-appropriate skills and gain the experience needed to feel confident taking the next step in their outdoor journey. Skills like building a campfire, pitching a tent, or sailing, canoeing or paddle boarding (SUP) across a lake. Girls explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature with an opportunity to grow, explore, and have fun under the guidance of caring, trained adults. Accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).
Dates: Jul 1-Aug 10; Age Range of Campers: 6-18yo
Contact: 413-584-2602 ♦ camp@gscwm.orgwww.gscwm.org

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Shakespeare & Company’s Riotous Youth Summer Theatre Program

Lenox, MA ♦ These fun and inspiring 2-week summer theatre programs introduce students ages 7 to 17 to Shakespeare’s language, his stories, characters, and themes using imaginative and playful methods. Each session ends with a performance piece based on the kids’ experience of the play, which they share with family, friends, and Company members on the final day of the session.
Dates: Jul 9-Aug 29; Age Range of Campers: 7-17yo
Contact: 413-637-1199 ♦ jenniejadow@shakespeare.orgwww.shakespeare.org

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KidsAct!

Pittsfield, MA ♦ Join Barrington Stage Company KidsAct! – an exciting theatre program for students ages 7-10 – focused on building acting skills through fun theatre games, as well as the creation of an original play to be performed for parents and friends on the final day of the program. TeensAct! is an exciting new program designed for ages 11-14 focused on building performance skills through individualized coaching. Students will write their own monologues and be coached on songs for use in auditions for productions in the Berkshires. KidsAct! and TeensAct! have been bringing the professionalism of BSC to students in the Berkshires since 2004. Winner of the 2016 Gold Daisy Award for Best Drama/Theater lessons in the Berkshires, by Macaroni Kid. Register today.
Dates: Jun 25-Aug 17; Age Range of Campers: 7-14yo
Contact: 413-997-6117 ♦ education@barringtonstageco.orgbarringtonstageco.org

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The Animation Course

Online ♦ Online – LIVE Animation and Drawing Classes Taught by a Former Disney Animator! Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and veteran home school Dad, offers a 12 week LIVE – online Animation & Drawing Course for ages 11-18. Each assignment is given a review by a professional animator with feedback for the individual learning of each student! They are taking registrations now for the Summer Session, beginning June 4th! Hold your spot with a $50 registration fee. Their live and recorded classes – with grading – are $300. They also have a 2018 Fall Session starting Sept 17th; refer to the website for more information and registration.
Dates: Jun 4-Aug 20; Age Range of Campers: 11-18yo
Contact: 661-755-5775 ♦ kayla@theanimcourse.comtheanimcourse.com

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New Hampshire Teen Institute’s Summer Leadership Program

Greenfield, NH ♦ Come join motivated high school students from around NH and New England for an experiential week of leadership development, increasing your knowledge & skills around making your voice heard, building peer mentoring skills, and forming lasting friendships! TI’s Summer Leadership Program is… a challenging leadership training program for high school students; a week of self-discovery & understanding, where people are accepted for who they are, develop their existing strengths, and learn new skills to improve the health and wellness of their schools & communities; a supportive environment of youth & adults working together to make a difference in the world; a not-to-be-missed, once-in-a-lifetime experience that you won’t ever forget!
Dates: Aug 12-17; Age Range of Campers: 14-18yo
Contact: 978-206-1188 ♦ mmcgowan.ti@gmail.comwww.nhteeninstitute.org

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New England Center for Circus Arts

Brattleboro, VT ♦ People can’t fly, but at NECCA they do. The impossible becomes possible – the person who is shy opens, the one who was introvert expresses, the child who is weak becomes powerful, the teen who is awkward finds grace. Find your strength. Our week long circus skills camps, in America’s newest custom circus trapezium, offer top-notch instruction in a noncompetitive environment that teaches confidence, communication skills, perseverance, self determination, and pride, as well as how to be a fabulous acrobat, aerialist, juggler or clown. Students work in groups by age and ability for the best learning experience and for our youngest students we include art activities and quiet time suited to their learning needs. Circus transforms! Come play!
Dates: Jun 18-Aug 17; Age Range of Campers: 5-17yo
Contact: 802-254-9780 ♦ info@necenterforcircusarts.orgwww.necenterforcircusarts.org

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Marlboro College Pre-College Summer Programs

Marlboro, VT ♦ Marlboro College’s Pre-College Summer Programs offer young adults (ages 15-19) the opportunity to study with Marlboro professors and build relationships with a group of other students passionate about learning. Participants spend all day with a faculty member and get an introduction to Marlboro’s interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to college-level academic work. One-week programs ranging from Do-It-Yourself Chemistry to Explorations in Clay to Awakening in the Wild take place on or near Marlboro’s beautiful southern Vermont campus and run between July 1 and July 28. Students can earn one college credit per week of study for a small fee.
Dates: Jul 1-28; Age Range of Campers: 15-19yo
Contact: 802-258-9231 ♦ summer@marlboro.edumarlboro.edu/summer

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Kimberly Farms

North Bennington, VT ♦ Experience the freedom of riding in the great outdoors with Kimberly Farms Riding Camp! Reasonably priced rates start at $925/week with 1-4 weeks available! Campers ride horses twice daily, as well as learn all aspects of interaction with the horses. This includes feeding, health care, grooming, equipment, and more! Additionally, there are field trips, nature walks, cookouts, art and crafts, and plenty more. Kimberly Farms has certified riding instructors and has been in business for 25 years. All levels of riders are welcome from beginners to advanced riders. The number of campers is limited to preserve an individualized approach. Sign up today for a taste of Vermont!
Dates: Jul 1-Jul 28; Age Range of Campers: 5-18yo
Contact: 802-442-5454 ♦ kimber@sover.netkimberlyfarms.org

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Hilltown Families is committed to the economic development of our region, and by offering this special summer camp/program post, local businesses can thrive and provide a much needed service to our local community. All camp descriptions have been submitted and all links are provided as a courtesy and not as an endorsement.

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